Short, finely textured, smooth and close
Tan and white with black mask
Low to very low
Affectionate, docile and reliable
The English Bulldog is a medium size dog with a smooth coat, a heavy, thick-set, low-
swung body, massive short-faced head, wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. Its shape
results in a waddle-like gait. Bulldogs are known for their short muzzles and the saggy
skin on their faces, creating the apparent "frown" that has become a trademark of the
breed. Bulldogs come in a variety of colors and ideally have a smooth, short coat. The
size for a mature male is about 50 pounds and a mature females is about 40 pounds.
The temperament of the English Bulldog is generally docile, friendly and gregarious,
but are known to be fiercely loyal and defensive and, because of their strength, could
make good guard dogs. The English Bulldog is also very loyal and protective of its
family and may exhibit aggression in a protective manner. Most bulldogs are so
attached to home and family that they will not venture out of the yard without a human
companion. Due to their friendly nature, bulldogs are known for getting along well with
children, other breeds of dog, and any house-broken pet in general.
The English Bulldog roots are firmly planted in British soil being mentioned in many
written works in history, as early as 1500 (though the name "Bulldog" likely referred to
multiple types of dogs at that time). The English Bulldog has been used as a butcher’s
dog to help control oxen, as a guard, as a hunting dog and for the wagering sport of
baiting, in which trained bulldogs leap at a bull lashed to a post, latch onto its snout and
attempt to suffocate it. The practice of bullbaiting was banned in England in 1835. The
English Bulldog is now a popular show dog around the world.
The bulldog is a widely recognized symbol
of the US Marine Corps.